Do you have a Independence Day Go-To Plan? Or do you like to switch things up each year? Since I didn’t grow up here, I like to check out different festivals each year.
We’ve collected several ideas for celebrating Independence Day as a family. If you know of an event — free or paid — that you’d like to see added, please drop us a line via our contact form. Thanks!
Free Twin Cities Independence Day Activities
6/27-7/418: Apple Valley Freedom Days | Johnny Cake Park East | Carnival begins 7/1 followed by Music in the Park 7/2, Family Fun Night 7/3 & parade and fireworks 7/4.
6/29/18: Shakopee Happy Birthday America Parade | Lions Park | 10:30am | Popsicles and entertainment to follow.
6/29-7/4/2018: Delano 4th of July Celebration | 559 North River Street | Minnesota’s oldest and largest Fourth of July celebration, includes parade, carnival and fireworks.
6/30-7/418: Forest Lake 4th of July | Forest Lake | Carnival & Entertainment each day; Parade, reading of the Declaration of Independence and fireworks on the 4th.
7/2-4/2018: Coon Rapids 4th of July | Coon Rapids Ice Center | Parade, carnival and fireworks
7/2-4/2018: Chanhassen’s 4th of July Celebration | City Center Park | Parade, carnival and fireworks
7/2-4/2018: Richfield 4th of July Celebration | Veterans Memorial Park | Community and family focused events that offer something for everyone — Family Night, car show, street dance, parade, music, and fireworks.
7/3/2018: Bloomington Summer Fete | Normandale Lake Park | 5-10 pm | Carnival, live music and fireworks at dusk.
7/3-4/2018: Anoka Fireworks & Ice Cream Social | Castle Field & George Green Park | Fireworks 7/3 4pm -10pm; Ice Cream Social 7/4 noon-3pm | Games, music and fireworks on the third, followed by an Ice Cream Social on the 4th.
7/3-4/2018: Afton 4th of July Parade and Celebration | Main Street | 9 am Fun Starts; 12;30 pm Parade Start| Parade, carnival, music in the park, free trolley rides & Selma’s Ice Cream Bike Contest 7/3-7/4.
7/3-4/2018: Eagan July 4th Funfest | Eagan Community Center festival grounds | 10 am- midnight | Parade, carnival, music and fireworks (carnival begins 7/3).
7/4/2018: Edina 4th of July Parade | Edina City Hall | 10am | John Phillip Sousa Memorial Band concert 8:45 & Fireworks @ Roseland Park, 10pm
7/4/2018: 4th of July Celebration | Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden | All Day | EWBG will offer a laid back Independence Day with Garden Story Time at 10:30 am, a Walking History Tour at 1 pm, Quaking Bog Tour at 4 pm, and Forest Bathing at 7 pm.
7/4/2018: Lake Minnetonka 4th of July | Commons Park, Excelsior | 9am-10pm | A full day of activities, including sand sculpture contest, petting zoo, kiddy parade (11am) and Fireworks at dusk.
7/4/2018: Maplewood Light it Up | Hazelwood Park | 4pm-10pm | Family Fun activity station with Z Puppets, music, inflatables & fireworks.
7/4/2018: Minneapolis Red White & Boom | Downtown Riverfront | 6pm-10pm | Music, movie, family events and fireworks at dusk.
7/4/2018: Rosefest Party in the Park | Roseville’s Central Park | 1pm-10pm | Carnival activities, inflatable fun, puppet shows, live music all day and fireworks at 10pm.
7/4/2018: St. Louis Park July 4th Fireworks Celebration | Aquila Park | 7-11 pm | Concessions, vendors, live music and more! Fireworks 10pm.
7/4/2018: Stillwater 4th of July Fireworks | Lowell Park | Music, cannons and fireworks.
7/4/2018: Tangletown 4th of July Picnic and Parade | Fuller Park, Mpls | 10am-1:30pm | Parade begins at Washburn High School and ends at Fuller Park – decorate your bikes, strollers to participate; entertainment, games, prizes, and food.
7/4/2018: White Bear Lake Fireworks, Flyover and Music | Memorial Beach | 8pm-11pm | Music, T-6 planes flyover and fireworks.
7/4/2018: 4th of July at Langford Park | Saint Paul | 11am-4pm | Picnic, parade, fun run, music, pony rides, speeches, volleyball, horseshoes, tennis, games and more!
7/4/18: Woodbury’s Hometown Celebration | HealthEast Sports Center | 6pm-10pm | Kidzone and food vendors open at 6 p.m., FlashMob! plays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m.
7/4/2018: Rock and Rockets | Mystic Lake Casino, Prior Lake | 5pm-10:30pm | Live music, food trucks and fireworks.
7/4-15/18: Pan-O-Prog Fireworks | Lakeville North HighSchool | Gates open at 4:30 pm. Live music, inflatables, temp tattoos, photo booth, and concessions. Bring chairs or blankets. Fireworks at dusk.
7/3/2018: Fireworks Express | Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway | 7:30pm | $20/seat; Toddlers/Infants Free | Ride the rails to see the fireworks in Marine on St. Croix. Buses will transport you to and from the train to the Village center. The train will return to Osceola following the fireworks. Soda, snacks, and small coolers allowed.
7/4/2018: Family Fun Fest and Corgi Encore | Canterbury Park | 12:45-6pm | $8 General Admission | Kiddie carnival, corgi racing, hot dog eating contest, kid parade, face painting.
7/4/2018: Farmer’s Fourth of July | Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River | 10am-5pm | $12/adults; $6/kids over 5 | Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the lawn, visit the spring farm babies, join in 19th-century games such as town ball, sample ice cream and listen to rousing speeches.
7/4/2018: Independence Day 1889 | The Landing, Shakopee | 10am-5pm | $8/adults; $5/kids over 2 | Join a parade, play yard games and churn ice cream. Watch historic baseball and listen to a live brass band.
7/4/2018: Independence Day Celebration | Historic Fort Snelling | 10am-5pm | $12/adults; $6/kids over 5 | Celebrate the early 1800s way – witness a mock battle, hear the roar of cannon salutes, watch military dress parades, enjoy military fife and drum music, enjoy interactive stations, and try your hand at historic games.
7/4/2018: Ice Cream Social & Lawn Party | James J. Hill House | 6pm-8pm | $12/adults; $10 Kids| Enjoy root beer floats and lawn games at the James J. Hill House before watching the fireworks. Includes hands-on children’s activities. In the event of rain, visitors can enjoy a film screening indoors.
7/4/2018: Kids Golf for $4 with Paid Adult | Bloomington Golf Courses | 2pm | $14-$32/adult | Both Dwan Golf Club and Hyland Greens Golf and Learning Center allow up to three kids age 17-and-under to play 9 holes for $4 when accompanied by an adult paying a full-price green fee.
7/4/2018: Red White & Blue Survival Bracelets | Lowry Nature Center, Victoria | 10am-11am | $5/bracelet | Celebrate Independence Day and make a survival bracelet to take home. Take a family hike before or after the program. Drop in anytime.
7/4/2018: Fourth of July Fireworks – 2018 is sold out | Mill City Museum, Minneapolis | 10:30 pm • Cost: $35/pp • Enjoy the chance to view the Minneapolis Red, White and Boom Fourth of July fireworks from the museum’s Koch Observation Deck!
The Fourth of July is just a warm-up for all the fun family festivals taking place in the Twin Cities throughout the month. Check out our list of them here!
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